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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-24-2004)
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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle split with blackie (1/19/05 bottling), directly after golden monkey bottle

appearance: cloudy amber, virtually no head, very thin white lacing around the rim

smell: citrus, less apple than usual in a tripel, more heavy on the bananas with a nice spicey clove aroma as well...smells sweet with light caramel aromas

taste: sweet, nice banana taste, light clove, alcohol masked well behind citrus flavors...somewhat unusual for a tripel but it seems that american interpretations of the style seem to vary a lot, which isnt neccessarily bad

mouthfeel: heavy carbonation, somewhat light body, tingles on the tongue

drinkability: easy drinking, as is the norm

dirtylou, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a Three Philosophers chalice at D.B.A. in NYC.
I went back and forth with this one for quite awhile. At times I hated it, at times I kinda liked it. For the most part I found this difficult to drink though it got easier as it warmed.
There was an overly fermented flavor going on... maybe some old blue cheese or old citrus rind. Definately a tart sourness to be found which I wrestled back and forth with; I liked it, I didn't like it, but I kept taking sips.
Definately complex, but overall not in a good way.
Maybe the tapline was dirty? I don't know.
I'd hesitate getting this on tap again (though I recall enjoying it in the bottle).

ommegangpbr, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly hazy, dim amber in hue with a coppery-bronze highlight, I like the darkness of the liquid. The head was off-white in color; at the apex the bubbles managed to reach only one finger in height. Head retention was poor, especially for a Triple. The bubbles subsided to a thin cap and then to a soapy collar, very quickly. There wasn’t much animation in this beer; this might have hampered the head. Also, there was no subsequent lacing. This beer looks decent, I’ve seen much better Triples and aside from the color of the beer itself this Triple would be completely forgettable, thus far.

The nose doesn’t jump out and say, “Triple!” In fact the nose is so muddled I’m not even sure the direction this beer is taking. It is fruity, tropical with melon (cantaloupe!), and oranges. The phenols are mild. It is medicinal with a clovey backdrop. Whiffs of alcohol are noticeable as well. The maltiness is clean. Overall, this beer is too clean… it ends with a whimper. Sigh.

The palate is very pleasant. I wasn’t expecting much based on the bouquet but all-be-damned; this beer tastes good. The fruitiness is a bit much. There is lots of cantaloupe going on here. Lots. In the middle… wow, does the alcohol kick in! It is not hidden. It is the elephant in the room. I can’t help but taste it. It burns. My throat burns. Malty sweetness tries to squeeze some caramel and honey into the equation. Berries. Oranges. This is a sipping beer; at 9% abv there is nothing stopping the alcohol. What a damn shame. This is a winter warmer… if it were not for the faint medicinal and clovey flavors I wouldn’t peg this beer for a Triple, let alone Belgian in nature. Okay, maybe that is not totally true, it seems the more I drank the more I could taste the “Belgian” influences in the aftertaste. Regardless, this beer is too hot to be fun to drink after all.

Around medium in body, the carbonation is low, especially for a Triple. While the mouthfeel is not sluggish but it could be livelier, more exciting.

This beer needs food, cheese and grapes. Something has to kill the heat. This Triple is close to being very good but, sadly, close doesn’t cut it. The alcohol needs to be turned down, and the essence that makes this beer Belgian in style needs to be turned up. No matter my less than flattering review, this beer is pleasant enough to drink. It really wasn’t bad but it just wasn’t in tune with me. Nevertheless I need to thank shippos for the bottle (part of the Secret Bunny 2005 Beer Exchange). It got lost in the cellar then DBF…

Bottled on 12/12/04

bditty187, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Triple
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a St Feuillien tulip glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Nice head with some sicky lacings visible.

Strong yeasty and medicinal aromas. Nose is sweet and funky with apple cider vinegar accents coming through as the beers warms up.

Sweet mouthfeel that reminds me of honey. Syrupy, soft feel on the palate with a sharp alcohol twang on the finish. There is a fruity banana presence in there too. Some sips taste a little uneven.

A nice interpretation of this style. Maybe a tad sweet which lends itself to not being so well balanced.

Hibernator, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

served chilled from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip, it pours a very hazy apricot color, leaving a 1/4" of edge layer with decent clingage to the glass.

Aroma is definitely of some bananas and cloves, accompanied by some slight hoppiness. Very spicy and fruity. I'm afraid that at a chilled temp, i am not getting so much aroma, but what I DO smell is great!

Sipping reveals a sweet fruity flavor, backed by some slight hop bitterness. I defintely taste the spice (cinnamon and cloves), and the finish is a nice malty wheat flavor that leaves me craving more! ME LIKEY!!!

Carbonation is rather sharp on the sip, but this full-bodied ale really gets nice and creamy. I could drink this a whole lot!!!

Fish113d, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin head that settles into a ring -- looks a bit darker than most tripels. Aroma candy sugar and fruit, fruit and candy sugar. (No sediment in the bottle?)

Taste is sweet, more candy sugar and a light caramel. Some vague fruit sweetness, mild spices, a little cinnamon. Some buttery elements, something a little biting and peppery. Light flavor of alcohol, though not really enough to be off-putting.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight carbonation bite. I would prefer a less cloying version, something with more dry balance. A good tripel but lacks the depth to be great; cellaring may improve that.

assurbanipaul, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of kegerator
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden with a small head with no real retention. smell was very pleasant.
typical belgian aromas of clove, dried fruits, alcohol spice and yeasty aromas.
taste was a little strange. very twangy spiciness up front. too much spice really that finishes sweet and earthy.
mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp yet smooth

kegerator, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a low white head when poured into the snifter. Color is a reddish medium amber. Bottled on January 19, 2005.

Smells of light sweet malt. Hints of yeast, spice, sweet fruit (fig or raisin like)...and some floral hops are hiding in there. Alcohol pretty evident, too much so. Smells pretty good.

Well carbonated, medium in body, slick on the tongue.

Sweet malt and tree fruit. Tastes strongly of alcohol. Finishes with an alcohol burn in the stomach and sweet with a little bitterness on the tongue. The strong alcohol presence kind of ruins the finish.

I drank less than half the bottle for this rating and have a slight sedated feeling already. A good beer but a little rough, interested in seeing how the ones I cellar come out after some time.

Wonderful sweet, fruity belgian aromas, and some candi sugar. Smells absolutely delicious. Notice a little dull, piney hop presence. Some light esters. The alcohol has calmed immensely.
Most of the characteristics remain, but the alcohol definately calmed over the last four months in my cellar. The alcohol burn is still in the stomach and on the tongue, though not as present on the nose. Will bump taste up 0.5 points as a result.

blackie, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a brownish-orange in color and lacked the killer head that typifies the style.

Smell – The aromas of fruit, alcohol, and medicine cabinet give this one an exciting nose to smell. The fruits are “summer salad” like cherries, oranges, and especially melon. I can pick up some yeast in there as well, although the hops are hard to find. It is very spicy though.

Taste – Pow! The fruity nose will draw you in, but then as The Thing used to say in my old Fantastic Four comic books . . . “It’s clobberin’ time!” The alcohol here dominates the flavor profile. Me likes, but then again I’m a drunk. The summer fruits are here as well but they are just squashed in a “Godzilla meets Bambi” kind of way.

Mouthfeel – This one is thin for a Tripel, a far cry from medium-bodied even, with a non-stinging but huge alcohol hit from beginning to end.

Drunkability – Alcoholics and surgeons will appreciate this high-octane barrel of booze, but most aficionados of the style will cry “foul”. For all those people who say they have to lay off beer for a few days because they have a cold . . . drink this!

RoyalT, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange pour evoking peach iced tea. bubbles keep on coming up to the surface.. nice! syrupy, no head here. really thick. daunting. blatantly orange nose with candi sugar coating. nice and, well, belgian. sweet to the lips, pleasant alcohol buzz in my sinuses. wow does this pack a punch! malty sweetness and bumblebee floral bouquet. delicious. drinkable and smooth for something that looks like burnt corn syrup. i dont expect much from stoudt's but this is certainly a tripel id come back to.

goodbyeohio, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marginal foam in pour. Fruity golden colour a la peche/.apricot. Yeasty fruity aroma. Smooth drink, well balanced. Fruit yeasty taste, but also drying metallic. Light carbonation, some spice and banana. Alcohol kicked in prematurely, but a good sleep on a hot summer night. A good effort.

Sammy, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mily-orange brew with a modest white head. It presents a yeasty, slightly tart aroma, with a bit of yeast in the background. There’s a little tart, citrusy-reminiscent fruit in the smell as well. Fleeting phenols and a distant ‘funky’ aroma are also thrown in the mix. It’s not a very sweet brew, but instead presents an almost medicinal flavor. Slightly harsh, and notably alcoholic in taste. It’s got a nice, heavy body, with a moderate to low carbonation and a solid hop finish. All in all, I really expected more from this brewery. The beer’s good qualities are not folded into the experience, and the unfavorable ones are too pronounced. I really appreciate the drinkabilty and how the brew is satisfyingly full and smooth. It’ just doesn’t come together as a singularly flavorful and complex beer.

Suds, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...been cellaring for 6 months

Appears a deep hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that lasts. Plenty of chunky lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smell is strong of citrus, pineapple, vanilla, and mild clove.
Tastes awesome! Super creamy vanilla mixed with tropical fruit and a toasted trail mix with a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied and creamy brew truley covers the whole tongue bouncing with a varietal of flavors. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasantly smooth spiciness.
This is a hard brew to put down. Slight spiciness may turn some off but this definitely one to check out.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, May 20, 2005
Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange with a tight, white head. Excellent carbonation and very pretty lacing. Scent of fruit dominates, with a gentle alcohol backdrop.

Sweet and somewhat creamy, with a trait of chew in the middle, this tripel-styled ale is enjoyable. Mostly tasting of sugar, orange and plums, with a slightly hoppy finish. Minor spicy overtones. Also pick up on a delicate honey-like flavor. Pleasant.

I skipped dessert this evening to share mine with my girlfriend as a night cap, along with a few water crackers topped with Saint Andre. Good choice on my part, if I do say so myself.

Zraly, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gorgeuous hazy orange appearance, nice 1/2 " bubbly white froth atop...
spice and citrus hit the nose right at the front...sweet and ticklish...orange and coriander, and who knows what else...enticing...
Taste: sweet and tasty, orange rind, and caramel essence, ...but for a tripel it lacks complexity...exhibits a typical tripel-y flavor component, but falls short elsewhere...juicy orange and spice in every sip, but not much more.
A noble attempt at the style, and a drinkable drink, but nothing to jump up and whoop about, really. Keep on trying...needs something more elevating, more ethereal, more unexpected...to really rank as a tripel.

feloniousmonk, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chanted some vespers with this one on 3/26/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.

With considered attention to the pour, a good film of multi-sized bubbles covers the offering and has a medium stick throughout the libation. Hue is deep gold and hazy orange with a not insubstantial amount of continuous action. Tart lemon/lime, coriander, and lemongrass on nose. Cloves and light cinnamon on mouth initially followed by a tinny characteristic that detracts; malt is very full and nice though. Almost a velvetiness to this which makes it more than medium-bodied. Pretty good Belgian-style ale.

Truh, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of cooter
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose: apple, pear, rinds, melon, banana, yogurt. Rather impressive array of fruits, and each is surprisingly well-identifiable.

Appearance: not sure what glassware to use; tried in in a Duvel and now a bulb-shaped oversized wine glass. Orange with fine, creamy and cream-colored bubbles in the weak but everpresent head (strong miniscus of head). Cloudy.

Taste is a horse kicking me in the kidneys. In a good way. Everything from the nose, plus a potent alcohol, esthery near-graininess. Sweet and pungent. Very heavy, thick, fruity. Good consistency and cloys just enough to make you want to drink faster than is advisable. Sticky in the mouth and on the lips. Very very nice. Excellent drink with which to start a night of boozing or to have after dinner, to my taste.

cooter, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of foXXtail
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three laughing monks watch over you from the bottle as you sip this beer. They look like they’re having a good time, but I posit that they are laughing as you fall down from drinking too much of this beer. Silly you for not being careful with the high ABV stuff. Luckily, the alchohol taste of this beer isn’t as hidden as it is in many Tripels.

Personal experience aside, I enjoyed drinking this beer a lot, though it wasn’t one of my favorite tripels.

It pours a glowing orange amber color with a shocking white fluffy head. Large bubbles rise up from the depths, tickling my nose as I inhale the phenol sweetness of this brew. The nose is backed up by slight earthy and nutty scents.

A sip of this beer brings on many of the tastes of a Tripel – plenty of yeastiness, clove spice, and banana backed up by a weak hop background. The alcohol taste is quite prevalent, and the hop characteristic is simply a background player. This causes a bit of unbalance, but nothing horrible. The mouthfeel is quite nice, a syrupy thickness combined with spot on effervescence.

foXXtail, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness dating to be found. Pours a cloudy orangy light amber, minimal white head and minor lacing left on the glass. Strong nose of alcohol, paint thinner. This one is a fairly nasty brew with overpowering notes of hot alcohol. Heavy thick bodied, not very pleasant stuff. A healthy dose of nutty yeast on the botom of the bottle did add a softer layer to the finish., For a tripel lover this was quite a let down, obviously finer tripels are out there.

Billolick, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found myself very fortunate to find this on tap at Bridgewaters pub inside 30th Street Station in Philthadelphia (sorry, I'm a long-time Pittsburgh fan from Lancaster, plus I just incurred a beating on Sunday night because I was wearing a Steelers hat, but I digress), which is a must-stop for anyone travelling via train in the area.
It came served in a Chimay goblet, with a thick, foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving behind a wispy head in its wake. It had a very sweet nose. It was a clear, light amber liquid without a lot of carbonation in evidence. It had a medium mouthfeel with a very sweet finish. Had I had more time, I would certainly have ordered another.

woodychandler, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of krberg
1.65/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bubbly copper with a rich white head. Looks nice in my Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.

Smells like spicy belgian yeast and leather. Slightly of the plastic that insulates wires. Reminds me of homebrew in a bad way.

Very sweet, with a hint of biscuit or shortbread. Warms my chest as it moves past my heart. Its almost under-attenuated kind of sweet, but a hop bitterness comes from nowhere to rescue it at the very last second. Not bad, but not good either.

Has a nice sharp triple mouthfeel. Everything you would expect from the style; Slightly full with lots of CO2. I think the CO2 is actually what, in conjuction with the hop bitterness, saves this beer from being cloying.

I really don't think I'd want to drink another.

I just cannot recommend this beer. It falls short in every important category. I have found it especially difficult to get past my nose.

EDIT: Now that some of the CO2 has faded, it IS cloying. This triple has moved from "not bad" to bad in a hurry. Looks like a dumper. If you are going to try this beer drink it quickly.

krberg, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definately one of the more interesting looking brews I have seen before. It was a cloudy cream color with a white head. The beer was so cloudy, I couldn't see through it. The head was fluffy and white, lasted only a short a while. The taste was a little bit on the hoppy side, when compared to other Triples I've had. It was also a little too strong in the alcohol department. Overall an interesting brew. I'd like to see how this one would do after being set aside for a short while.

JISurfer, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange with brilliant hues, topped with a pure white foamy head. Decent lace and retention.

Yeasty, some mustiness, and light phenols in the aroma. Very gentle.

Smooth mouthfeel, touch of bittiness, and creamy on the palate. Upfront light citric twang on the palate that's pronounced by a tight carbonation. Notes of herbal, alcohol heat and spice. All of this gets quelled by a big malty sweet profile. Loads of caramel throws down in an almost syrupy consistency. More alcohol burn and esters. Over-ripe banana. Toasty bread crusts. Faint vanilla. Lingering alcohol spice.

Not all that bad, but this Tripel seems to lack some balance, thus the alcohol is allowed to be the more dominant character. I would have preferred a bit more hop character and dryness, less sweetness, and a sneaking alcohol.

Todd, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color with a fluffy white head that quickly fell and left some lacing. The smell was of belgian candi sugar, and some spices. The taste was of candy, oranges, spices, and a touch of alcoholic warming and hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was full bodied and well carbonated. This was a pretty good beer. Lots of flavor and fairly complex, I would have no problem drinking more of this.

soulfly967, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange color with a puffy, white head. Very striking color. The nose had a wonderful fruity character, full of juicy peach and orange peel citrus with a sweet syrupy undertone. The flavor was tart and flavorful with a nice yeasty baked note coupled with a warming alcohol distinction and a creamsicle finish. Nice zesty mouthfeel. Another big beer from Stoudt's that impressed me.

GreatPondBrewer, Dec 20, 2004
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.